Trucks Collide on Chinese Highway

A five vehicle crash on a highway in China’s Yangzhou province killed 1 and wounded 3.

Car accidents are part of everyday life in China these days.

More than 260,000 die in traffic accidents each year in China—more than any other country. China has 8 times as many road deaths per vehicle as the United States.

A lot of Chinese people are new to car ownership, since it was at one time only a perk of being an elite. And roads don’t always have the safest designs.

Tongtian Avenue, Tianmen Mountain, Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province

Now that cars are everywhere in China, traffic has gotten a little out of hand.

BEIJING, CHINA – SEPTEMBER 15: (CHINA OUT) Cars line up during a traffic jam at a cloverleaf junction on September 15, 2005 in Beijing, China. According to state media, Beijing has longtime been plagued by serious traffic congestion and officials of the Municipality have vowed to speed up the building of transport facilities to solve the problem in readiness for the 2008 Olympic Games. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

And nothing gets people angrier than traffic.

In fact, China broke the world record in 2010 for a 100km, 12 day Traffic bonanza!

Chinese motorists get out of their cars to check on a massive traffic jam at a toll booth on the outskirts of Beijing on October 2, 2010. The number of vehicles on roads in the capital — which currently stands at around 4.5 million — is expected to hit five million by the end of 2010, while in August, a traffic jam stretching more than 100 kilometres (60 miles), consisting mainly of trucks, was reported to have been at a standstill for over a week on a highway linking the capital with Inner Mongolia. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Combine this with bad weather conditions and you have a recipe for disaster.  

This photo taken early on April 12, 2015 shows a badly damaged Lamborghini car (C) and debris in a tunnel after a crash involving a Ferrari (behind R) in Beijing. The two cars crashed late on April 11 in a high-speed road race in Beijing as the seventh stunt-filled “Fast and the Furious” movie opened in China, the latest luxury car accident to provoke controversy on April 13. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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